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Various / Great Dancers Of Our Time / Vladimir Malakhov; Lucia Laccara; & Others [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

"This DVD is divided into three sections, each featuring soloists from German ballet companies... Each 25-minute section includes three dances showcasing either Vladimir Malakhov (Berlin State Ballet), Lucia Lacarra (Bavarian State Ballet), or Kiyoko Kimura (Leipzig)... The dancing is beautiful and expressive throughout the 78 minutes of this DVD and offers a nice balance of the classical and modern aspects of ballet. The picture and sound are excellent, with three sound formats available. The picture is 16:9 anamorphic (widescreen). This DVD is a nice introduction to ballet for the uninitiated, an enjoyable potpourri for people familiar with the ballets, and an opportunity to see the work of seven talented dancers in their prime." -Fanfare

This outstanding program features the 2002 Nijinsky Award winner Vladimir Malakhov, the Japanese prima ballerina Kiyoko Kimura and the phenomenal Lucia Lacarra performing choreographies by Michail Fokine, Renato Zanella, Marius Petipa, Uwe Scholz, Kenneth MacMillan and Val Caniparoli.

The dancers introduce and perform the solo and pas de deux choreographies that they have chosen as among their personal favorites.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 78 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Country of Origin: USA


Excellent Portrait of -Two- Dancers
Great Dancers of Our Time, featuring the renowned dancers Vladimir Malakhov, Lucia Lacarra, and Kiyoko Kimura, displays the wealth and evolution of German ballet (where all of these dancers currently star). Vladimir Malakhov dances Manon with Diana Vishneva, Voyage, and Le Spectre de la rose with Nadja Saidakova. Lucia Lacarra dances the Swan Lake White Swan Pas de Deux with Cyril Pierre, Swan Lake White Swan Variation, and Lady of the Camellias with Cyril Pierre. Kiyoko Kimura dances various choreographies by Uwe Scholz, with partner Christopher Bölm. Interwoven with various short interviews, the portraits of Malakhov and Lacarra are stunning. The DVD takes a disappointing turn with the choreographies of Scholz, danced by Kimura. These dances are jejune, as are her interviews.
I'd recommend the first two thirds of the DVD, where the dancers and choreographies are stunning. This is a must-have for any ballet fan, at least for the first two dancers.
Submitted on 04/14/12 by danrubin06 
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